The Ipswich office of business and financial advisers Grant Thornton has donated a £4,000 bonus received through an internal employee recognition scheme to the Ipswich Hospital Charity.
The donation comes via an initiative run across Grant Thornton’s 26 UK offices to thank employees who have gone above and beyond to support clients or colleagues, with outstanding contributors recognised in a number of ways from electronic thank you cards to financial rewards.
A firm-wide decision was made to donate a proportion of the scheme funds to the Grant Thornton office which had sent the most e-thank you cards per employee, with the idea that the successful team would then re-gift the money to a chosen local charity.
The £4,000 pot was awarded to Grant Thornton’s Ipswich office and donated to its nominated charity for 2017, Ipswich Hospital Charity, to help support some of the Hospital’s many ongoing projects. These include work to make Brantham and Stradbroke wards more dementia friendly and the Pregnancy Expectations, Trauma and Loss Society (PETALS), which provides counselling support for bereaved parents.
Grant Thornton’s Ipswich team will continue to fundraise for the Ipswich Hospital Charity throughout the year, alongside volunteering their time to support initiatives such as the Christmas Giving Tree Appeal which each year ensures all patients receive a present on Christmas Day.
Katrina Copping, Corporate and Trust fundraising officer at Ipswich Hospital Charity, said: “We are so grateful for Grant Thornton’s support. We have a huge range of projects running at the hospital to improve facilities and services, fund new equipment and research and support our patients. The £4,000 donation will provide a huge boost towards this work.
“Grant Thornton employees have also pledged their time to get involved with this year’s Christmas present appeal. With more than 1,000 patients to provide gifts for, there’s always a huge amount of wrapping to be done and a few extra pairs of hands will be much appreciated!”
Rob Thomson, director at Grant Thornton’s Ipswich office, said: “As our nominated charity for 2017, we are delighted to pay forward the donation from our employee recognition scheme to Ipswich Hospital Charity and help support its vital work.
“As a firm, we strongly believe in recognising the talents and achievements of our people and it’s encouraging to see this is very much in practice at the Ipswich office. We have a great team here who work hard to support both clients and each other, and being able to share this success with the local community is an added bonus.”
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